After receiving a complaint about a man who was strangling and trying to kill a dog, PETA India’s Emergency Response Team rushed to the animal’s rescue. Team members took the pup – who was breathing heavily and in severe pain – to a local veterinarian for urgent care before admitting him to the Bombay Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals hospital in Parel. The dog suffered from rectal prolapse and bruising on his neck, legs, and chest.
PETA India also worked with the Mumbai police to register a first information report (FIR) against the suspected perpetrator under Section 429 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 11(1)(a) of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960. Section 429 prohibits the killing or maiming of an animal, making the man eligible to be punished with a jail term of up to five years, with or without a fine.
Research shows that people who commit acts of cruelty against animals are often repeat offenders who move on to hurting other animals or humans. In a study of domestic violence victims, 60% of women said their abusive partners had harmed or killed their dogs or other animals. PETA India has long campaigned to strengthen the PCA Act, which contains archaic penalties, such as a maximum fine of only Rs 50 for convicted first-time offenders.
The pain, fear, and misery that this dog must have endured are hard to imagine. Everyone should report such horrific acts against animals and take immediate action to save their lives.
PETA India is calling for the suspect to be punished to the fullest extent of the law if convicted, including receiving jail time – and for stricter penalties for acts of cruelty to animals, for everyone’s sake.